New York is pulling out all the stops to try to get the Democratic National Convention to come to Brooklyn. The finalists, besides the Big Apple, are Philadelphia and Columbus, OH.
New York has the money; they’ve raised more money than either of the other contenders. And, according to The New York Daily News, the city is raising money to pay for the event. It’s an international tourist spot with lots of conferences, hotels, restaurants and amenities. So all that is probably appealing to a group that’s got to plan an huge event of great national importance.
But as a New Yorker, I have to say, these clips are kind of flat.
This is certainly not the fault of the people who star in them. Rosie Perez is a national treasure and a firecracker. Josh Tower is clearly a talented performer. And Mackenzi Farquer does a good job repping for small business owners.
But where are the skyscrapers and the subways? Where are the streams of people and the hot dog vendors? The fashion and the lights and the Guggenheim? I don’t know. New York is lacking in a bit of romance here.
Also, if they’re pushing for Brooklyn, it’s noticeable that the clips are lacking in everything that’s come to be known as “Brand Brooklyn.” Barclays and Atlantic Avenue are cool. And the sweeping shot in the video below is lovely in its way. But what? No moustaches. No pickled vegetables. No hipsters.
I joke. But the idea of Brooklyn is so powerful that it has somehow made its way onto the shingles of businesses around the world. So to downplay that is curious. Also, she says she’s from Astoria, but this is shot near Brooklyn’s Barclays Center… Maybe I’m splitting hairs.
Overall, my point is we have no shortage of filmmakers and ad agencies here so these could’ve been much different. They could’ve even showed some of the things that people who really live here appreciate: small restaurants, galleries, and the like.
On the other hand, this could be the best way to appeal to the committee making the final decision. I’ve heard tourists say that the city is dirty, crowded and overrated. So playing up the Statue of Liberty, Broadway and small businesses might be the better way to sell an event like this.
Eh… guess we’ll see how it turns out. Ask most New Yorkers and they don’t want something else clogging up the streets anyway.